unian.net | 12Jun2009 | ZIK
Schoolchildren to study in detail about Holodomor and OUN-UPA

As of September 2009, Ukrainian schoolchildren will take a more extensive course of the history of the Holodomor and OUN-UPA fighters, UNIAN reports.

The ministry of education has adopted changes in the History of Ukraine and World History courses for Year 5-12 students, ZIK reported.

History textbooks will now incorporate new evidence about the 1932-1933 artificial famine and Ukrainian Insurgent Army fighters accumulated by scholars. 

The 20th Century History course that included many blank spots will undergo many changes thanks to opened archives, something that allowed to throw light on hitherto unknown facts and events, and the influx of  a younger generation of historians.

According to the ministry, the new course will place more emphasis on the emergence and struggle waged against the totalitarian Stalin regime by the Ukrainian nationalist OUN-UPA fighters. Schoolchildren will also be exposed to new knowledge about the 1932-1933 Holodomor, mass reprisals by the Communists in the 1920s-50s and the movement of dissidents in the 1960s.

The new courses will raise schoolchildren’s awareness about the events of the past as well as enable them to have a better understanding about the present developments.